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Addressing Agricultural NPS Pollution in the Arroyo Colorado Watershed through Continuing Education of Best Management Practices

Project Goals/Objectives:
  • Develop materials needed to educate agricultural producers focused on technical and financial information of best management practices (BMPs)
  • Deliver a focused education program on irrigation techniques and specifics to agricultural producers to increase adoption of BMPs

Continuation of the LCRA Creekside Soil and Water Conservation Program

Project Goals/Objectives: To protect the Texas Lower Colorado River watershed by providing education, technical assistance, and financial incentives to landowners through LCRA’s Creekside Conservation Program.

Continued Restoration of Coastal Prairie Wetland at Sheldon Lake State Park

Project Goals/Objectives: The overall objectives of this project are to:
  • Support implementation of the Galveston Bay Plan by restoring 57.2 acres of coastal prairie wetlands at Sheldon Lake State Park
  • Utilize innovative BMPs to demonstrate cost-efficient water quality abatement through wetland restoration

Continued Statewide Delivery of the Lone Star Healthy Streams Program

The unified Lone Star Healthy Streams (LSHS) Program will bring the amassed body of work together under the umbrella of the Lone Star Healthy Streams Program and provide a coordinated and comprehensive education program designed to increase awareness of the bacteria issues associated with grazing and dairy cattle, poultry, horses, and feral hogs; and encourage voluntary implementation of BMPs to reduce the runoff of bacteria which will ultimately lead to improved water quality.

Continued Statewide Delivery of the Texas Well Owner Network

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will continue statewide implementation of the TWON program. Watersheds and aquifers will be selected in collaboration with the TSSWCB and with input from other interested groups including groundwater conservation districts (GCDs), County Extension Agents (CEAs), river authorities and Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs). Many of the watersheds and aquifers selected are described in the Texas NPS Management Program or identified as impaired in the 2012 Texas Integrated Report.

Coordinating Implementation of the Cedar Bayou Watershed Protection Plan

Project Goals/Objectives: Project Goals include: 1) Facilitating ongoing stakeholder involvement and participation in the Cedar Bayou Watershed Partnership (CBWP), 2) Coordinating implementation efforts by watershed partners, 3) Continuing evaluation of water quality data, 4) Supporting and facilitating the CBWP in identifying management measures to improve water quality, developing proposals to acquire funding for implementation of management measures, managing and tracking implementation projects as well as encouraging adoption of best management practices, 5) evaluating

Enhancing Feral Hog Management Through Statewide Implementation of Lone Star Healthy Streams

Project Goals/ Description: This project will enhance statewide implementation of feral hog mangement education by conducting watershed-based trainings in selected watersheds initiated by TSSWCB project 12-06, Statewide Delivery of Lonestar Healthy Streams Feral Hog Component and Providing Technical Assistance on Feral Hog Management in Priority Watersheds. The goals of this project include the following:

Implementing Agricultural Nonpoint Source Components of the Attoyac Bayou Watershed Protection Plan

Project Goals/Objectives: As identified during development of the WPP, nonpoint agricultural sources of pollutant loading may be addressed by implementing BMPs on agricultural operations. Agricultural producers, along with SWCDs, TSSWCB and NRCS, have been collaborating to protect the natural resources in Texas for decades.

Improving Runoff Water Quality from Small Pork Production Facilities Using Vegetative Treatment Areas

Project Goals/Objectives: The goal of this project is to continue to evaluate VTA effectiveness at small pork operations and transfer findings to natural resource agencies and pork producers. 

Project Location: Big Elm Creek in Bell County, Wickson Creek in Brazos County, Little Brazos River in Robertson County

Project Costs: State Funds ($28,697)

Provide Silvicultural Educational Programs and Technical Assistance to Promote BMP Implementation

Project Goals/Objectives:  The major goals of this project is to protect and improve water quality in Texas.  The extensive education, training, and outreach components of this project will lead to an increase in forestry BMP implementation, as well as preventing unnecessary erosion and sedimentation from occurring.  Another goal is to provide technical assistance to the forestry community on emerging issues – biomass, urban forestry, and land stewardship in Central Texas.  Lastly, effectively coordinating project efforts with Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs),

Statewide Delivery of Riparian and Ecosystem Education Program

Project Goals/Objectives: Riparian degradation is a major threat to water quality, in-stream habitat, terrestrial wildlife, aquatic species, and overall stream health.

Statewide Delivery of the Lone Star Healthy Streams Program

 The unified LSHS Program will bring the amassed body of work together under the umbrella of the Lone Star Healthy Streams Program and provide a coordinated and comprehensive education program designed to increase awareness of the bacteria issues associated with grazing and dairy cattle, poultry, horses, and feral hogs; and encourage voluntary implementation of BMPs to reduce the runoff of bacteria which will ultimately lead to improved water quality.

Texas Bacterial Source Tracking Program FY16–FY17

Project Goals and Objectives: Bacteria are the number one cause of water quality impairment in Texas. Bacterial Source Tracking (BST) is a valuable tool for identifying human and animal sources of fecal pollution to support development of watershed plans, TMDLs, and other strategies for addressing these impairments. Comprehensive BST has been completed by UTSPH EP and Texas A&M AgriLife SCSC in numerous watersheds throughout Texas with support provided by the TSSWCB. As a result of these joint efforts over the last decade, the Texas E.